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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Clause

Meaning of Clause

A single paragraph or subdivision of a paragraph in a legal document. Part of a sentence in such a document

Clause Alternative Definition

A part of a treaty; of a legislative act; of a deed; of a will, or other written instrument; a part of a sentence. As used in a statute relating to wills, a clause is “some collocation of words in a will which, when removed out of the will, will leave the rest intelligible.” The clause need not “be capable of being read as a document by itself, if taken alone.” L. R. 4 App. Cas. 77.

Synonyms of Clause


  • article
  • caput
  • condition
  • conditiosine qua non
  • contract
  • covenant
  • exception
  • exemption
  • limitation
  • membrum
  • paragraph
  • pars
  • passage
  • phrase
  • proposition
  • provision
  • proviso
  • qualification
  • section
  • sentence
  • specification
  • stipulation
  • term
  • Associated Concepts: commerce clause
  • commercial clause
  • enacting clause
  • escalation clause
  • forfeiture clause
  • grandfather clause
  • incontestable clause
  • loss payable clause
  • most favored nation clause
  • penalty clause
  • residuary clause
  • saving clause
  • specific clause
  • spendthrift clause
  • standard mortagagee clause
  • sunsetting clauseforeign phrases: Clausula generalis de residuo non ea complectitur quae non ejusdem sint generis cum iis quae speciatim dicta fuerant
  • A general clause concerning the remainder does not include those matters which are not of the same kind with those which have been specially expressed
  • Clausula generalis non refertur ad expressa
  • A general clause does not refer to things expressly mentioned
  • Clausula quae abrogationem excludit ab initio non valet
  • A clause which forbids its abrogation is invalid from the beginning
  • Clausula vel dispositio inutilis per praesumptionem remotam
  • vel causant ex post facto non fulcitur
  • A useless clause or provision is not supported by a remote presumption
  • or by a cause that arises afterwards
  • Clausulae inconsuetae semper inducunt suspicionem
  • Unusual clauses always arouse suspicion

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Clause

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c. 1200, “a sentence, a brief statement, a short passage,” from Old French clause “stipulation” (in a legal document), 12c., from Medieval Latin clausa “conclusion,” used in the sense of classical Latin clausula “the end, a closing, termination,” also “end of a sentence or a legal argument,” from clausa, femenine noun from past participle of claudere “to close, to shut, to conclude” (see close (verb)). Grammatical sense is from c. 1300. Legal meaning “distinct condition, stipulation, or proviso” is recorded from late 14c. in English. The sense of “ending” seems to have fallen from the word between Latin and French.

Meaning of Clause in Spanish

Description/ translation of clause into Spanish: en términos generales, principio, regla; compulsory process clause: principio de obligación testifical, principio de obligatoriedad de la declaración testifical[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where clause belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Clause published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

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  • Clause in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of clause.


    See Also

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Police Officer
    • Law Enforcement Agency

    Further Reading

    English Legal System: Clause

    In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Clause :

    1. A subdivision of a document. A clause of a written contract contains a term or provision of the contract. Clauses are usually numbered consecutively (1, 2, etc.); subclauses may follow a clause, numbered 1.1, 1.1.1, etc.

    2. A section of a *Bill.



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